News about a notable spike in the number of intravenous drug users will only compound upon worries about addiction in the district. The fact that the report of intravenous drug users has risen is appreciated, though the rising trend of addiction is worrisome.
When compared to the figures of Intravenous Drug users (4,050) reported in the OPD, this along with the number of in-house patients (363) reported in the de-addiction center in Jalandhar’s Civil Hospital between 2013 and 204, the numbers being reported between the years of 2015 and 2016 do not paint a very pretty picture, with over 5,000 cases reported in the OPD and 463 in the IPD.
Among the many addicts reported at the de-addiction center in 2014, a little over 60 were alcoholics while 192 were opiate addicts. Additionally, there were 375 patients addicted to tobacco as well as opiates.
According to medical experts, the number of patients struggling with both heroin and opiate addiction is very alarming, heroin and opiate addiction constituting the majority (90 percent) of intravenous drug users being reported to the local Civil Hospital.
Considering the information coming out of the fifty-bedded de-addiction center, some people might take heart from the fact that reportage of Intravenous Drug Users is continuing to rise so dramatically.
Though, the fact that addiction is continuing to spread outside the arena of heroin is a cause for concern. The use of medications like tramadol and tapentadol are on the rise, this along with alprax. The number of patients flooding the de-addiction center has only grown ever since it shifted to its present location, medical experts concluding that the superior facilities are encouraging addicts to seek treatment.
The needs of the de-addiction center are fairly tame at the moment, including an assistant professor, a senior resident doctor, six general duty medical officers, a nursing sister, fourteen staff nurses, two clinical psychologists and some individuals to enter data, this along with clerks and accountants.
For Doctor Nirdosh Goyal, the improvement in reportage at the hospital is having a notable impact on the number of addicts choosing to seek treatment from the center. They are given hope that, by seeking help, they can receive treatment in a safe and humane environment.
Regarding the causes of the spike in addictions, Goyal thinks that peer pressure is still an issue. People start using drugs when they see their friends doing the same; this is despite the fact that most of them can barely afford their drug habit.
The fact that opiates are so easily available doesn’t help matters. And once someone is addicted, dropping the habit is no easy task, with depression and other mental illnesses eventually coming into play.
A lot of medical experts do not understand how heroin addiction persists when the drug is so costly. Others are more concerned by the fact that the initially common alcohol addiction has begun giving way to opiate addiction.
Everyone agrees that the rise in reporting is a good thing. It shows that more people than ever before are not only recognizing their addiction but they are also seeking treatment. This presents some hope for the future.